Although it can be sorely tempting to just stack your children’s toys up in the corner and leave them there (after all, they only untidy everything as soon as you’ve finished anyway, right?) it really is worth taking the time to design your kids’ bedrooms properly – they (and you) will thank you in the long run. It will make storage worries a thing of the past, and it will give the little ones something to be proud of, which in turn should (fingers crossed) give them the impetus they need to keep everything in its place.
So what are the key hints and tips that will mean the children and the adults are equally as happy?
Space to Grow
It may not be the most popular plan, but, with the amount of toys, books, clothes, and general ‘stuff’ that all children seem to accumulate, the more space you can give to them the better. It might even make sense to give them the bigger bedroom in the house, and save one of the smaller ones for yourself. A larger room will mean that everything can be nicely packed away behind a closed door, so the rest of the house stays as neat and tidy as possible.
Children’s furniture doesn’t have to be made just for children. Once they have grown out of the cot and require a bed, it makes more sense to purchase as big a bed as you have space for – either a single or a double – rather than going for a toddler bed. You’ll only have to replace that cute themed bed in a couple of years anyway, and, done right with decorations, stencils, and a bit of imagination, a big bed can be just as much fun.
If space is a little tight, then why not try bunks? A Bedstar kids bunk beds with stairs, even if only one child is using the room, allows room for friends and family to come over and stay. They are also fun to play in, so it’s a practical alternative to yet another toy! In fact, children bunk beds could even be used to store extra cuddly toys…
Other furniture should also be bought to last. Buy a full sized wardrobe and chest of drawers, and you’ll have enough space to last for years – they might even take it with them when they move out…
It’s essential. Everyone needs someone to put their bits and bobs, but with children it seems there is more need than ever. Storage should be sneaked into the room – in as fun a fashion as possible – wherever it can. This could include buying a bed with drawers tucked underneath, or investing in a good, solid (large) toybox. It could mean keeping an extra chest of drawers in the wardrobe.
With fun comes the potential for danger! Falling, tripping, banging heads… So whatever you put into the room, and however you want to arrange it, make sure safety is a priority. There are a number of great items that can be purchased to make the room even safer, including covers for plug sockets, window locks, and heavy duty screws to keep furniture in one place.
Custom home design is great fun, and even better when the whole family gets involved, so once the practicalities have been worked out, don’t forget to let the kids get their hands dirty too!